Pune - Kolkata - Pune: Car Trip

Amlan_T

New Member
Dear all,
Always dreamed of diving back home to the other side of the country.

But till date it was either a train or a plane. After years of driving small or long, here I am planning my first cross country. It’s from Pune to my home-town Kolkata. Planning for almost a month now and another 5 months to go….. So a long planning phase just to make sure everything is nicely planned out!! Below are the details!

Cities: Pune to Kolkata and back!
Distance: 1900 kms per side (3800 kms in all)
Time: 1st week of October’2016
Car Model: WagonR 2006 model (CNG + Petrol) LXi BSIII AC

Car Condition: (THE GOOD PARTs) All 4 new absorbers, 4 new tubeless tires, new steering column, new steering rack, new lower arms, Engine OK – doing good as of now. (NOW THE NOT SO GOOD PARTS). Body roll (tall boy), car gets very light above 100km/hr (so the average top speeds with be 90s and cursing at 80s), not so strong headlights, rattling noise from dashboard/door panels while on bad roads but overall not much rattling on plain roads. (OVERALL CONDITION 3/5)


Do I want to take my own car – Yes. I don’t want to rent a car and do this trip.
Do I really want to do this trip – Yes. Very excited.
Co passenger – My better half & luggage for 2 weeks’ vacation (on backseat). CNG tank ate up all boot space


Is my wife excited too – She is, like me
Alternate driving? – No I am the only one behind the wheel. My wife is still learning her first gear.

Do I know the challenges of such trip – Yes, I understand how stressful it can be. I can keep myself calm and composed although I haven’t done this long a trip before. And I know I am the only driver.

Previous experiences – All 400 – 500 Kms 1 day trips in and around Maharashtra in my own car, few times

Time preference – Mostly want to drive in day light, until necessary to drive at night
Plans to combat stress – Frequent 10-15 mins break every 100km, Good music, Topics for chit chat, trying out local foods, Lots of photography and lots of water!

Ok, so now that I have answered question that you may want to ask me…. Following is my primary route plan

 Pune – Nagpur | 750 kms | 5am start – 7pm end
 Nagpur – Sambalpur | 575 kms | 6am start – 6pm end
 Sambalpur – Kolkata | 575 kms | 6am start – 7pm end

Same halts while coming back

Trail: Pune – Ahmednagar – Aurangabad – Jalna – Mehkar – Karanja – Amaravati – Nagpur – Raipur – Sambalpur – Keonjhar – Baharagora/Gopiballabpur – Kharagpur – Home

Same trail while returning.

Now, I want all your inputs, tips, suggestions, do’s and don’ts, alternate plans, best practices and everything you can throw at me. Also, if anyone have done this trip before, kindly share your experiences please. That would be wonderful. Eagerly awaiting your inputs !

My specific questions!

1. How are roads after Nagpur till Kharagpur
2. Will my WagonR be able to take this stress!
3. I know its stressful but is there something I am missing !
 

Roadhunk

MUSAFIR HU, PARYATAK NAHI
Road between Jalna- Amravati is good, it depends on which route you choose. In my opinion you should go through Jalna-Sindkhed raja-sultanpur- mehkar- Malegaon- Shelubazar-Karanja-Amravati. The section after Jalna be cautious there are speed breakers without any signs or white paint. If you are travelling through Night be cautious. I am not sure about your cars ground clearance but still no issues 99% of the road is nicely paved with tarmac.

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deba72

Member
Better option would be to take Pune-Hyderabad-Vizag-Bhubaneswar-Balasore-Kharagpur-Kolkata route. Slightly longer but much better road conditions, so you will arrive faster and in a much better shape.
 

Amlan_T

New Member
Pune -A.nagar -Aurangabad- jalna
4 laned no worries.
(don't take A.nagar bypapass go via city )
Jalna -Amravati single good bad worst mix
Amravati-Nagpur -4laned
@Roadhunk wl give latest updates.

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Road between Jalna- Amravati is good, it depends on which route you choose. In my opinion you should go through Jalna-Sindkhed raja-sultanpur- mehkar- Malegaon- Shelubazar-Karanja-Amravati. The section after Jalna be cautious there are speed breakers without any signs or white paint. If you are travelling through Night be cautious. I am not sure about your cars ground clearance but still no issues 99% of the road is nicely paved with tarmac.

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Better option would be to take Pune-Hyderabad-Vizag-Bhubaneswar-Balasore-Kharagpur-Kolkata route. Slightly longer but much better road conditions, so you will arrive faster and in a much better shape.
Thanks @adsatinder so much

Thankyou @uturn & @Roadhunk for your valuable inputs.

@deba72 . Seems to be a good option. Can you do me a favor. The total distance is 2100 kms. Can you divide it for me in sections of 3 days so that I can halt for 2 nights inbetween. I am wondering if I could make it Pune - Suryapet first day, instead of halt at Hyd. Is it doable ? How are roads beyond Hyderabad ?
 
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